3 Critical Tips For Better Grocery Store Security

Grocery store owners want to run a business that is profitable, as well as one that it safe for both customers and employees. By nature, however, the retail grocery environment comes with its own set of unique risks. Grocery and convenience stores generate billions in revenue, employ millions of employees, sees an endless stream of customers and houses billions in products. All of these traits make it a vulnerable environment. Here are some critical tips for better grocery store security.

Understand Your Risks

Security is a huge challenge for most grocery stores. It is fast-moving, public, and filled with visual barriers. Crimes such as robbery, burglary, vandalism, and violence are growing increasingly common. Unfortunately, no store no matter the size or location is vulnerable. Understand your risks. Have a security evaluation of your facility,  and talk to local law enforcement about crimes common in the area. Talk to other businesses and find out what they face as security challenges and gather as much data as possible.

Develop a Security Management Plan

Don’t just call the security company and have them put up security cameras and access control systems and stop there. Have a systematic plan for your security that meets the needs you have discovered by investigating your risks further. Think about various scenarios and develop a security management plan for at least the most common or serious problems such as theft and violence. Once you have the plan and tools in place, make sure each employee knows the plan and can respond in an emergency.

Install the Right Electronic Security Solutions

A proper video surveillance and CCTV system is the most effective weapon in the grocery store owner’s arsenal but how well it serves them depends on getting the right system, and the right components in the right places. It is a complex science with endless variables, and something is best done by a professional. Here are some points to keep in mind as you consider grocery store security technologies.

  • Install wide viewing cameras on the ceiling and in corners to get a sweeping view of the area.
  • Opt into night vision security cameras for parking lots, loading areas, and around the outside of the building.
  • Cover POS and other sensitive areas with video surveillance.
  • Install at least one pan-tilt-zoom camera to have the best possible view and control.
  • Choose a smart security system that provides remote viewing and control.

Owning or operating a grocery or convenience store is challenging but the right security system can address many of those challenges. S-Tron helps retail businesses across the nation with a proven, time-tested for delivery, installation, and support.


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Grocery Store Video Surveillance Systems Protect Profitability

Grocery stores exist in a competitive landscape that cuts into already fairly narrow margins. Profitability not only relies on sales and marketing but the protection of assets, safety, accident and incident verification and more. CCTV and video surveillance technologies can be vital tools in achieving those goals, and many others.

An expertly designed video surveillance system is much more than the implementation of technology. It is also the science behind placement which allows the users to leverage the right data at the right time. The right system can help in far more that protecting assets.

Here are some reasons why video surveillance and CCTV should be part of every grocery store security strategy.

  • Just having visible security cameras deters crime as perpetrators of crime do not want to be seen or have their crime captured on video.
  • Video camera and CCTV can be used to help visually cover the floor in late hours when the store is open but staff is reduced.
  • Real-time viewing can provide marketing information such as the popularity of items and displays.
  • Grocery store owners can use video surveillance to evaluate dwell times and traffic patterns and adjust the floorplan and displays to better accommodate shoppers.
  • Video cameras and CCTV can help prevent loss due to internal and external theft.
  • In the case of accident or injury, video surveillance footage can confirm the details of the event and help in legal or insurance issues.
  • Having the right video footage can monitor all cash register activities such as the change out of cash drawers, countdowns, and all other monetary transactions.
  • Video surveillance footage can also help owners and managers analyze employee and customer relationships.
  • The backbone of any business is customer service. Video surveillance can provide a better understanding of what your business does right or where it can improve.
  • Visible security technologies provide an overall culture of security.
  • Customers feel safer when video surveillance technologies are employed.
  • In an emergency, video surveillance and CCTV can provide a real-time view of events to authorities and emergency personnel.
  • Having security technologies in place helps improve employee practices and productivity.

S-Tron provides video surveillance and CCTV to local, regional, and national grocery store chains. To learn more about how you can implement the industry’s best surveillance and security technologies, give us a call today.